Resolution on the International Workers’ Day of Struggle

A resolution of the 1st World Congress of the Socialist 2nd International, held in Paris, France in 1889.

Proletarians of all countries, unite!

RESOLUTION ON THE INTERNATIONAL WORKERS‘ DAY OF STRUGGLE

1st World Congress
Socialist 2nd International
20.07.1889

Reproduced by
The Red Flag

This Resolution establishing May 1st as the International Workers‘ Day of Struggle was moved by Raymond Lavigne on behalf of the National Association of French Chambres Syndicales and Corporate Groups at the International Socialist Congress in Paris, France, in July 1889.

RESOLUTION ON THE INTERNATIONAL WORKERS‘ DAY OF STRUGGLE

A great international demonstration shall be organized for a fixed date in such a manner that the workers in all countries and in all cities shall on a specified day simultaneously address to the public authorities a demand to fix the workday at eight hours and to put into effect the other resolutions of the International Congress of Paris.

In view of the fact that such a demonstration has already been resolved upon by the American Federation of Labor at its convention of December 1888 in St. Louis for May 1st, 1890, that day is accepted as the day for the international demonstration.

The workers of the various nations shall organize the demonstration in a manner suited to conditions in their country.